Plant, Equipment & Supplies News

Plant, Equipment & Supplies News focuses on building products, excavation works, heavy machinery and the UK plant hire market. This section will give you an insight into the latest guides for how to handle machinery and how the construction equipment sector is coping in today's climate. From big firms like JCB and the most recent innovations in the industry the Plant, Equipment & Supplies News section has a range of articles for your viewing pleasure.

construction and earthmoving equipment,

Construction equipment sales crash by 45% in March

Retail sales of construction and earthmoving equipment in the UK market shrunk by 21.8% in Q1 2019, as the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in March causes a sharp drop.
Forterra,

Forterra to recommence brick manufacturing

Production will resume this week at Forterra’s Bison Precast factory in Derbyshire, following temporary suspension amid Covid-19.
Brickmaker,

Brickmaker to resume production

Brick maker, Ibstock will resume production on Monday (27 April), following its temporary suspension to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
construction plant occupations, site operating procedures,

CPA issues site operating procedures for construction plant occupations

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has released supplementary site operating guidelines for construction plant occupations during the COVID-19 crisis.
Branch operating guidelines, builders’ merchants,

Branch operating guidelines to help builders’ merchants operate safely

Branch operating guidelines have been published by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) to help builders’ merchants operate safely during the COVID-19 lockdown.
JCB Re-opens, PPE,

JCB reopens factory to make PPE for NHS heroes

JCB and a team of volunteer employees have set up production lines to come to the aid of the NHS in need of personal protective equipment (PPE).
plant theft, COVID-19,

Construction plant theft surges by 50% as COVID-19 forces sites to close

Plant and tool theft from vehicles and sites has increased by around 50% in the last two weeks, as construction sites shut and scale down in the face of COVID-19.
tower crane,

CPA issues safety alert for tower crane owners amid site closures

In the face of COVID-19 site closures, the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has released guidance on how tower crane owners and users should leave cranes out of service for potentially lengthy periods.
manufacture ventilators,

JCB reopens factory to manufacture ventilators

JCB is set to restart production at its factory in Uttoxeter and reinstate 50 furloughed employees to join the national effort to manufacture ventilators.
plant hire,

Plant hire companies stay open behind closed doors

Many plant hire firms are staying open during the COVID-19 outbreak to deliver their services to "keep the UK going", including Speedy, Lynch and A-Plant.
builders merchants,

Government advises builders merchants to stay open

Builders merchants have been told they are a vital part of the construction supply chain and that they need to stay open during the coronavirus crisis.
Building products manufacturers,

Building products manufacturers suspend production

Following the UK government’s measures to stay at home, building product manufacturers Michelmersh and Forterra have suspended all deliveries and production.
Builders merchants, COVID-19,

Builders merchants close their doors amid COVID-19 crisis

Builders merchants Travis Perkins, Jewson and Buildbase are shutting their stores for at least 24 hours in a bid to help ease the COVID-19 crisis.

CEA postpones 2021 PLANTWORX show until 2022

The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has agreed to postpone the 2021 PLANTWORX show until 2022 – freeing up the calendar for the Hillhead 2020 event to take place next year.
Builders’ merchants,

Builders’ merchants endure disappointing year in 2019

The final quarter of 2019 rounded off a disappointing year for builders’ merchants, as severe weather events and Brexit uncertainty takes its toll.
JCB, coronavirus outbreak,

JCB cuts production as coronavirus outbreak impacts suppliers

Construction equipment manufacturer, JCB will cut production at its UK factories as a result of the coronavirus outbreak impacting suppliers in China.

UK construction equipment sales drop by 6% in 2019

UK sales of construction and earthmoving equipment decreased by 12.3% in the final quarter of 2019, which led to sales for the whole of 2019 showing a 6% reduction.
Spreader beams, britlift, unique group,

Britlift spreader beams available via Unique Group’s global network

Unique Group has entered a new partnership with lifting and spreader beam designer and manufacturer Britlift in a move which will see Britlift spreader beams being offered for rental or purchase via Unique Group’s global network.
Construction Plant Competence Scheme,

CPCS plant card scheme ‘not fit for purpose’, says Unite

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) card scheme in its current form is not fit for purpose, warns construction union Unite.
Plant operatives,

CITB calls for more plant operators to combat skills shortage

Plant operatives and assessors are to be trained up as part of a new initiative from CITB to help combat the crippling skills shortage.
excavation support solutions, sheet piling

SPUK launches earthwork support for SME construction projects

Sheet Piling (UK) Ltd, has launched a new division, Excavation Support Solutions, to enhance the operational efficiencies, project delivery and health and safety compliance of SME’s support projects.

Construction equipment sales fall by 7.4% in Q3 2019

Retail sales of earthmoving and construction equipment in the UK market decreased by 7.4% in the third quarter of the year, compared with the same quarter in 2018.
tool theft, insurance

Tool theft claims rise 54% in two years

Insurance claims by tradespeople affected by tool theft have increased 54% in the previous two years The data, released by insurer Simply Business, shows the average claim for stolen tools costs £1,684, while there has also been a notable rise in the number of break-ins with no signs...
Lifting equipment, Britlift, award nominations,

Lifting equipment specialist Britlift is reaping the rewards

Specialist lifting equipment engineer Britlift continues to gain recognition with a batch of award nominations.
rail plant sector, economic uncertainty

Rail plant operators call for action to address economic uncertainty

The Rail Plant Association (RPA) has urged the government and Network Rail to come up with solutions to benefit the rail plant sector
plant-based sector representative organisation,

Support sought for plant-based sector representative organisation

A number of employer associations and federations are working collaboratively to establish a new construction plant-based sector representative organisation.

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Plant, Equipment & Supplies News

Plant, Equipment & Supplies News focuses on building products, excavation works, heavy machinery and the UK plant hire market. This section will give you an insight into the latest guides for how to handle machinery and how the construction equipment sector is coping in today’s climate.

From big firms like JCB and the most recent innovations in the industry the Plant, Equipment & Supplies News section has a range of articles for your viewing pleasure.